"[On 13 Detours] Tyranny's touch is light and delicate and the recording is absolutely superb, allowing notes and their gauzy inflections to hang in the air with pregnant physicality."
"He does not stint on beautiful things - major arpeggios, soul-chord progressions, lines that flow and breathe - and his keyboard touch is rounded and gorgeous, a feeling you remember."
"[Out of the Blue] contains an ambitious and moving masterpiece. It is 'A Letter from Home'..."
"As a guiding light for those concerned
about the future of music, his ideas are fascinating, and, for the open-minded
"With virtuosic technical ability,
Tyranny counterbalances moods with ease and rapidity ... Tyranny has
the soul of a beatnik poet, who without refuge in standard punctuation
or the customary structural restraints of narrative expresses his innermost
emotional concerns ... one of new music's most compelling practitioners."
Tyranny is plainly a very fine pianist and
composer ... humorous, without being flippant or self-consciously urbane,
and wonderfully evocative, Tyranny creates a head music which doesn't
exclude the heart ... Tyranny assidiously avoids conventional ideas
of structure and narrative ..."
"This guided, if unordinary, journey
evoked a myriad of images ... Tyranny has the ability to make his listeners
anticipate ... tension and excitement build in his music. The thing
is, you don't always hear the notes you expect ... I looked around,
watching Tyranny's entranced listeners ... I was transplanted into another
culture, accompanied by no guide to explain the local customs or language."
"The most original aspect of Tyranny's
works is the way they create continuity: they're tonal, yet rigorously
asymmetrical. They satisfy the ear without letting it take anything
for granted. They evolve, not with the cyclic predictability of everyday
life, but with the labyrinthine irreversibility of deep psychic forces.
They say what they have to say perfectly. You sense the form in retrospect,
but with no disturbing hint of any deliberate construction. a thunder
of tremolos ... before returning to a surface as undisturbed as a forest
pond ... I've raved about Tyranny before. God forbid that, in this society,
we should call a Mozart a Mozart while he's still alive ... God plays
the piano through this man. Science cannot explain the speed with which
trillions of inspired brain impulses zip through his ... hands, resulting
in note-perfect works ... the 1988 Kitchen improv-with-delay ... I called
'the most inspired piano performance I've ever heard.' It still is.
At his schmaltziest ... he's like Keith Jarrett on an extremely good
day. At his best, it's like listening to Ives improvise 'Hawthorne'
from the Concord Sonata. "
"BGT is a piano animal. He plays the
piano as if he is the instrument. His touch and timing are unique ...
by turns sparkling, sultry and cautious. There is never a moment of
weariness ... I think that this is the ultimate piano-record: the compositions
are perfect for piano, and the piano is played perfectly by the composer.
something wonderfully, almost perversely singular about "Blue" Gene Tyranny.
Here's a fellow capable of virtually anything pianistic, immersed in the
avant-garde from a variety of angles, yet his music sounds as though he feels utterly
uncompelled to acknowledge it, as if he'd be content to serve as a pianist in
some distant cocktail bar where only one person out of a thousand would
realize something special was afoot ... more than once I found myself making a
comparison to images from David Lynch, things that can be seen (or heard) from two
conceptual angles at once ... a territory no one's quite heard before."
"Basically I'm in awe of them (keyboardists)
-- particularly 'Blue' Gene Tyranny, who's just a complete genius; he
can really do anything. When you're doing a session with him, he has
so many ideas that we just sit around all afternoon and he'll go 'well,
on the other hand, you could do it like this', and he'll go off on a
completely different tangent. The way he plays is so complex and majestic;
it's like watching a huge ocean liner pull out."
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